Herod's Birthday Party
Mark 6:21 And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee;
A feast in honor of Herods birthday. What could they give the king?
Mark 6:22 And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee.
Apparently, Herod had eyes for his step daughter, so much so that he would give her whatever she wanted. As a lustful man, perhaps he thought she would be his birthday present?
Mark 6:23 And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom.
Foolishly in his lust he swore to her up to half of his kingdom. Be careful not to make oaths and promises for God hears these and will hold you to them. The kings name and law made his word law, it could not be broken.
Mark 6:24 And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist.
Like mother, so was the daughter, The mothers anger was not yet appeased. She asked for vengeance. God would seek his righteous vengence on her, in time.
Mark 6:25 And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.
On a charger, a dish or platter.
Mark 6:26 And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.
He had to keep his word. Do not say things in haste or to please others around you. Be careful what comes from your mouth.
James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
James 3:7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
James 3:8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
Mark 6:27 And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison,
Mark 6:28 And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother.
Do we cut off the head of someone who speaks truth to us? Many in our nation are cutting off their own heads in denying God, his word and His Son.
2 Tim 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
2 Tim 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
2 Tim 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
Mark 6:29 And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb.
Jesus would give this eulogy.
Mat 11:10 For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Mat 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
John had not yet entered the kingdom of heaven. Jesus would make the way through his own blood, death and resurrection.